When the Birds to the South, Written and Respectfully Dedicated to Miss Martha D. Berrien of Georgia, by J.H. Mifflin, the Music Composed by A. Iversen Esqr. of Columbus Geo. [caption title of sheet music; inscribed by the lyricist]


Unrecorded sheet music composed by Alfred Iversen, Esq., (1798–1873) attorney and Georgia politician, and later ardent secessionist; dedicated to Miss Martha D. Berrien of Georgia. With lyrics by the song’s dedicator, J.H. Mifflin, who here autographs and presents this sheet music to a Mrs. Gillingham.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Iversen (also seen in the record as Alfred Iverson) was a second or third generation Danish-American. Iversen also served as a Congressman and U.S. Senator; he was the father of Confederate Brigadier General Alfred Iverson, Jr. The song’s dedicatee, Miss Berrien of Georgia is likely Martha Deloney Berrien Duncan (1820–1896), then unmarried, the niece of U.S. Senator and U.S. attorney general under Andrew Jackson, John Macpherson Berrien (1781–1856).

The song When the Birds to the South was to be played, as appropriate for a “sweet singing” bird and a “merry rover” (verse 2), was to be played allegretto.


Description: When the Birds to the South, Written and Respectfully Dedicated to Miss Martha D. Berrien of Georgia, by J.H. Mifflin, the Music Composed by A. Iversen Esqr. of Columbus Geo. [caption title of sheet music; inscribed by the lyricist]

Philadelphia: Osbourn’s Music Saloon, 30 S. Fourth St, c.1830s–1840s. [3]pp., engraved. Approx. 13 x 10 inches. Removed. Bifolium. Light staining at fore-edges; extremities toned; Very Good.

[3729807]

No copies in OCLC. Not in Levy Collection.


Price: $150.00